Maxi Kieffer fights his way back into the top 10

Maxi Kieffer: The Moving Day of the BMW International Open 2023 is coming to an end and the starting positions for an exciting final day at the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) are fixed. In addition to mixed performances from a German point of view, things went particularly well for two Dutchmen in the field: Joost Luiten fought for the sole lead with a three-stroke lead with a 65 and played in a joint flight with compatriot Daan Huizing in the final. Edoardo Molinari, Thriston Lawrence and Daniel Hillier go into the final round in shared third place.

Highlight of the Moving Day: the third hole-in-one of the week. Connor Syme punched the ace from 220 meters on the par 3-2 at the Golfclub München Eichenried.

Two Germans stand out positively on the DP World Tour

The fight back to the top of the leaderboard succeeded Max Kieffer very well after his expensive back nine on Friday. With a bogey-free 66, which he secured thanks to a birdie-birdie finish, Kieffer played his way back to tied ninth place today. After the round, Kieffer is completely satisfied with this performance: “It was a very nice day, especially after the back nine yesterday. I’m definitely very happy to come back like this. It was cool that the first hole was so early there were a lot of spectators. I didn’t expect that, it pushed me a bit. I played very well. I actually played really solidly here every day. There really isn’t anything really bad at the moment. Thank God it’s the putter also ran. You always need that. Of course I can be very happy with the day.”

It went similarly well for Max Schmitt, who catapulted himself into sixth place with four strokes under par. Looking back on the past, his performance so far at the BMW International Open 2023 (69-71-68) makes him particularly proud: “It means a lot to me. I played here as an amateur when I was 18 or 19 and my goal was to make the cut. Since then I’ve developed a great connection to the tournament. It’s one of the best tournaments we play over the year.” The 25-year-old already has a plan for tomorrow’s final: “I’ll stay true to the strategy I have. There are enough opportunities that way. Sometimes you just have to choose the conservative option.”

Sporting disaster for Marcel Siem

For Marcel Siem went downhill rapidly at the end of the Moving Day. His start of the round was not optimal with two bogeys on holes 2 and 3, but he fought his way to a solid score of 2-under par by the 15th hole.
However, the end of his lap was a disaster. With Bogey-Birdie-Bogey he already lost a stroke on holes 15 to 17, so he played again on the 18 to risk. His shot landed on the dogleg to the left in the fairway bunker. Siem chose a wood to get his ball out of the bunker as far as possible towards the green – the shot got stuck on the edge of the bunker and the ball landed in the water crossing the fairway. After a drop, the 42-year-old put his ball into the water again – this time the cue ball rolled into the water to the right of the green after initially appearing to be on the green. Siem posted an 8 on the par 5 and falls back to tied 31st with a day’s total of two over par. He didn’t want to give an interview after this finish. A short time later he wrote on Instagram that he should never have tried the second shot like that and calls himself a “bad role model for the youngsters”.

The end of the course at the Munich Eichenried golf club was also fatal for Marcel Schneider. He lost three shot wins in the final yards with a bogey double bogey finish. After a successful tee shot on the 18, his ball landed in the water to the right of the green, as did Marcel Siem’s. He’s also tied for 31st with three strokes over par for the day.

 

The performances of the other German players on Moving Day

In addition to Kieffer and Schmitt, the German players at the weekend included four other players who achieved pleasing scores on the moving day and thus climbed up the leaderboard. Jannik de Bruyn and amateur Jonas Baumgartner shared 31st place with three strokes under par. They share this with Thomas Rosenmüller, among others, who scored a 71 on the back nine. Velten Meyer, who started the Moving Day with bogey-bogey, saved himself in the course of his round with a score of two strokes under par and thus shared 41st place.

Marc Hammer (T26), Hurly Long (T41), Matti Schmid (T41), Philipp Mejow (T60) and Michael Hirmer (T63), on the other hand, had to accept losses of place.

See Also: 2023 BMW International Open: German home game Schedules

Reference

Official Website – Maxi Kieffer

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